Tukwila, Washington/July 21, 2003 – The Rainier Symphony kicks off its 23rd Season on October 18, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. at the new Ikea Performing Arts Center in Renton. Sunday afternoon concerts will continue at the outstanding Foster Performing Arts Center in Tukwila.

"South King County is so fortunate,” said David Wayne Waltman, Rainier Symphony's Conductor and Music Director, "to have two outstanding performing arts centers to offer our communities comfortable and convenient places to experience great music.”

Fall Concert

Saturday, October 18, 2003 7:30 p.m.

Ikea Performing Arts Center

400 South Second Street

Renton, WA

Sunday, October 19, 2003 3:00 p.m.

Foster Performing Arts Center

4242 South 144th Street

Tukwila, WA

The Fall Concert features Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish) by Schumann, Beatrice and Bennedict by Berlioz, and the melodic Variations on a theme of Haydn by Brahms.

Season ticket pricing is $64 for general admission and $42 students and seniors. Individual tickets are $15 for general and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling the Symphony office at 206-781-5618, emailing tickets@rainiersymphony.org and at select music stores in Kent, Tukwila, and Renton.

Five pairs of concerts are scheduled for the 23rd Season including a special holiday concert and a pops concert featuring Hollywood favorites and lighter classical selections. Other concerts throughout the season feature Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony (Eroica), Concierto De Aranjuez by Rodrigo featuring guitar soloist, Michael Partington, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with soloist, Jeffrey Gilliam.

The complete schedule of concerts and music selections are available online at www.rainiersymphony.org.

The Rainier Symphony, founded in 1981, is one of the premier all-volunteer orchestras in King County providing classical symphonic music for the enjoyment and education of the community. The non-profit organization is able to provide great music through the generosity of its audiences along with the support of the Tukwila Arts Commission, the City of Tukwila, and the cooperation of the Tukwila School District.